Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Vocal Blues & Jazz Vol 2 1921 - 1938


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FEATURED ARTIST / S
Sara Martin
Ethel Waters

    TRACK LIST

Ethel Waters
01 - Oh daddy (take 2)
02 - Down home blues (take 2)
03 - Royal garden blues (take 2)
04 - Bugle blues (take 2)
05 - Georgia blues (take 2)
06 - Brown baby (take 2)
07 - Ain`t goin` marry (take 2)
08 - Craving blues (take 2)

Lillian Harris
09 - Four o`clock blues (take 2)

Lizzie Miles
10 - Four o`clock blues (take 2)
11 - Aggravating papa (take 1)

Rosa Henderson
12 - Where (can that somebody be) (11687)
13 - Hey hey and he he, I`m charleston crazy (12744)
14 - Do right blues (12746)
15 - Don`t advertise your man (take a)

Viola Bartlette
16 - Quit knocking on my door (take 2)
17 - You don`t mean me no good (take 2)

Sara Martin
18 - A glass of beer, a hot dog and you
19 - Look out, Mr. Jazz

Betty Gray
20 - Mean old bed bug blues (take a)
21 - Loud and wrong (take b)

Laura Bryant
22 - Dentist chair blues, part 2 (take a)

Lizzie Miles
23 - Done throwed the key away

Tiny Mayberry
24 - Oh that nasty man (take a)

Vocal Blues & Jazz: Alternative takes & remaining titles - Vol 2 (1921-1938)

Featuring:
 
Ethel Waters
Lillian Harris
Lizzie Miles
Rosa Henderson
Viola Bartlette
Sara Martin
Betty Gray
Laura Bryant
Tiny Mayberry
 
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.

Volume two of this three volume series features ten female singers who to a greater or lesser degree found the blues in their lives, from the highly successful Ethel Waters, Lizzie Miles and Sara Martin to the more obscure Laura Bryant, Tiny Mayberry and others, including Rosa Henderson of whom the famous blues / jazz record producer John Hammond once said was “an underrated artist”, the sides appearing here add weight to that comment. As with the vast majority of the CDs featuring female classic blues singers in the Document Catalogue, this collection is given double strength by the inclusion of some excellent accompanists including Fletcher Henderson, Lovie Austin, Jimmy Blythe, Clarence Williams, Porter Grainger, Teddy Bunn and Lil Armstrong.

The early foundations of blues recording were built on what became known as the Classic Blues. The performers were usually professional female singers who toured the vaudeville theatre circuit. Their repertoire took in the popular songs of the early 1900s and continued through the 1920s. This included popular love songs, songs from musical shows and, the blues. Their accompaniments would be provided by a pianist or on rare occasions a guitarist but more often than not it would be a hot jazz band. Following the first successful recording of a blues record, taking place in 1920 by Mamie Smith, many such artists were lucky enough to record either by chance or by popular demand. Some were or became stars, others only shone for a moment before disappearing back into the darkness of obscurity.

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